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  • Graduate School

    250 University Hall 230 North Oval Mall

    Columbus, OH 43210-1366

    Phone 614-292-6031 Fax 614-292-3656

    gradsch.osu.edu July 22, 2015

    James Phelan Professor of English College of Arts & Sciences Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Social Sciences Jim,

    At our July 6th meeting, the Graduate School Curriculum Committee (GSCC) reviewed the revised proposal to create a Master of Arts in Medical Humanities and Social Sciences.

    Previously, the committee viewed the proposal as well-developed and needing little in the way of revision. The revision was warmly received. Only minor points surfaced in the discussion that I present these solely for the purpose of cleaning the proposal as it proceeds with its downstream review steps.

    The degree requires nine credit hours in English department courses, nine hours in courses outside the department of English, and six hours of electives. The purpose/distinction of the hours outside of English and the elective hours might be better clarified from a students perspective. For example, are the elective hours designed to create breadth in the field or for depth in the students thesis topic?

    The numbering in the proposal is inconsistent (likely an autonum problem). After Section 5,

    the numbering skips to an indented Section 11.

    We believe the course Public Health 7040 is incorrectly listed as Public Health 700. I will next submit the proposal to the Graduate Council for their review followed by Committee on Academic Affairs, University Senate, and the Board of Trustees. Following Senate review, I will submit the proposal to the Ohio Board of Regents for the required statewide review process. You will be kept up to date as the proposal moves through these steps. As always, I am available for any questions or clarifications.

    Many thanks,

    Scott Herness Associate Dean The Graduate School

  • Graduate School

    250 University Hall 230 North Oval Mall

    Columbus, OH 43210-1366

    Phone 614-292-6031 Fax 614-292-3656

    gradsch.osu.edu

    April 30, 2015

    James Phelan

    Professor of English

    College of Arts & Sciences

    Master of Arts in Humanities, Culture & Medicine

    Jim,

    At our April 23rd

    meeting, the Graduate School Curriculum Committee (GSCC) reviewed the proposal

    to create a Master of Arts in Humanities, Culture and Medicine. This new degree, to be housed in the

    Department of English, will be a thesis-based Master of Arts degree consisting of 30 credit hours. The

    GSCC uniformly complimented the team on a very well-developed proposal. The contribution of

    multiple disciplines to this degree yields a program with broad interdisciplinary scope and a rich array

    of electives. It should well serve students entering from wide-ranging backgrounds.

    The GSCC review seeks not only to ensure that the degree meets Graduate School requirements, but

    also to strengthen the proposal for its subsequent approval steps both within the university and for

    statewide review through the Ohio Board of Regents. Overall, the committee viewed the proposal as

    well-developed and needing little in the way of revision. Here I summarize some of the major points

    of our conversation, including those areas that require some attention:

    The committee spent much discussion on the programs name culminating with neither

    resolution nor suggestion. In its present form, Medicine, which lies at the core of the

    degree, appears almost as an afterthought, with the lions share of emphasis on

    Humanities and Culture, as if it were a degree in Humanities and Culture (as well as

    Medicine). The name Medical Humanities is more direct but the committee understands

    the program wishes to be distinct from other Medical Humanities programs. Perhaps this is

    a degree in the Humanities and Culture of Medicine?

    Since this is a thesis-only degree, the references to capstone (which more appropriately

    references the non-thesis option) that occur in Section 2 and the advising sheet should be

    removed.

    For clarity, the proposal should state that faculty administering the program, e.g. in

    admission and advising (Section 3), have at least status M graduate faculty status with the

    Graduate School (Incidentally, Sections 3 and 4 lack a numeric outline; the proposal moves

    directly from Section 2 to Section 5).

    The prospective enrollment of 10 to 12 students per year assumes an adequate number of

    applications and acceptances. As the only program in the state of Ohio, one assumes that a

    sufficient prospective enrollment. However, it would be useful to have a better justification

  • of these numbers, particularly helpful (if not required) for the more rigorous upcoming

    statewide review.

    In section 1C , the phrase for this program is repeated in the first sentence.

    A syllabus for a new course, English 6410, is submitted for review. The course is built on a 15

    week semester though Ohio State operates on 14 week semester.

    The GSCC appreciated the inclusion of an assessment plan in the proposal. After full

    approval of the degree, the assessment plan will be submitted to the Graduate School

    Assessment Committee, as will be done for all graduate programs.

    I would remind the proposal developers that there are no page limitations at this stage of the approval

    process. The only page limitation occurs at the submission of the Program Development Plan to the

    Ohio of Regents.

    Using curriculum.osu.edu I have returned the proposal to the unit for revision. Please resubmit the

    revised proposal (as well as delete old versions) using this website at your convenience. After I

    receive it, I will submit to the Graduate Council for their review followed by Committee on Academic

    Affairs, University Senate, and the Board of Trustees. (A cautionary note, most of these committees

    do not meet over the summer session.) Following Senate review, I will submit the proposal to the

    Ohio Board of Regents for the required statewide review process. As always, I am available for any

    questions or clarifications.

    Many thanks,

    Scott Herness

    Associate Dean

    The Graduate School

    curriculum.osu.edu

  • November 17, 2014 Steven Fink, Executive Associate Dean College of the Arts and Sciences University Hall CAMPUS Dear Steve, I am writing to confirm that the English Department has approved the proposal for the interdisciplinary M.A program in Medical Humanities and Social Sciences that would be housed in the Department. My colleagues and I therefore send the proposal to the Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee with great enthusiasm. Sincerely,

    Debra Moddelmog

    Department of English

    421 Denney Hall 164 West 17th Avenue

    Columbus, OH 43210-1370

    Phone (614) 292-6065 Fax (614) 292-7806

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    THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Department of English

    Proposal for an M.A. in Medical Humanities and Social Sciences

    James Phelan, English Jonathan Buehl, English Christa Teston, English David Horn, Comparative Studies Susan Lawrence, History Dana Renga, French and Italian Julia Nelson Hawkins, Classics Program Development Plan:

    1. Designation of the new degree program, rationale for that designation, definition of the focus of the program and a brief description of its disciplinary purpose and significance.

    A. The English Department, in cooperation with faculty from the Departments of Classics,

    Comparative Studies, French and Italian, and History, proposes a Masters program in Medical Humanities and Social Sciences. The central rationale of the program is that medicine and medical practice--including medical science, illness and treatment, death and dying, and the institutions, practices, and cultural discourses that deal with these matters--constitute significant and rich objects of study that benefit from the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences. Where programs in medical humanities or bioethics at other schools are often closely tied toand ultimately in the service ofmedical schools, this program would be distinctive because it is independent of the College of Medicine, even as it has received concurrence from the COM.

    B. Currently many humanities and social science departments at OSU--the ones mentioned above plus, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Womens and Gender Studies--offer graduate courses that treat medicine from their own disciplinary perspectives.. The proposed program would build on this existing curriculum by providing a larger overarching structure for it and by setting up an advising system that would guide students through it. In addition, this structure would foster both interdisciplinary research and teaching. The English Department would house the program because English already has the largest number of faculty and courses--in narrative theory, literature and literary history, rhetoric, folklore, disability studies, and sociolinguisticsthat feature medicine as an object of study. But the program will be thoroughly interdisciplinary, as the next section indicates.

    C. The Masters level is best place for this program both because its interdisciplinary nature depends on the knowledge base provided by a B. A. or B.S. degree even as the additional

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